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By shaunefc, Nov 10 2012 11:24AM

The clocks have gone back an hour, and we all know what this means! Compared with the day before it should be lighter an hour earlier in the morning (nice!) but darker an hour earlier in the evening (not so nice!)

What a difference that hour seems to make - and back in the days of World War 2, the clocks went forward two hours in the summer to help farmers with the war effort supplying food to the nation.

There are a number of references in the Bible which relate to time. One is in the passage in Ecclesiastes 3:2-8 where we are reminded in verse 1 that:

To everything there is a season,

a time for every purpose under Heaven

and then we are told that everything has its time:

A time to be born, and a time to die;

A time to plant, and a time to pluck what is planted;

A time to kill, and a time to heal;

A time to break down, and a time to build up;

A time to weep, and a time to laugh;

A time to mourn, and a time to dance;

A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones;

A time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

A time to gain, and a time to lose;

A time to keep, and a time to throw away;

A time to tear, and a time to sow;

A time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

A time to love, and a time to hate;

A time of war, and a time of peace.

As we come to Remembrance Sunday once again this passage is relevant for a number of reasons - I can see at least 6 - how many can you find?

And thinking about the 'gaining' or 'losing' of the hour, I also recall the words of the Lord Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, "Could you not watch with Me one hour?" (Matthew 26:40)

And there is a (tenuous?) link between these two portions from the Bible, again the words of Jesus: "Greater love has no one than this, to lay down his life for his friends." (John 15:13)

The Lord Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane was preparing to "give His life a ranson for many" (Mark 10:45). And, while not on the same (spiritual) scale, many individuals in a great number of wars over the years have given their lives on behalf of others.

I don't know how many people will respect the "two minutes' silence" on Remembrance Day, but I expect it will, sadly, be far more than those who spare a few moments remembering our Lord's death - and the reasons behind that - over the Easter period!

Nov 11 2012 10:33AM by Theo Oliver

One advantage of the extra morning hour is that you don't panic when you wake up and it's already light. There might even be time for a quick morning prayer! (A somewhat neglected habit in my case, I'm afraid, when time is pressing). So your remark about watching "for just one hour" hits home. Theo.

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